Before I went, three of my friends recommended this place to me. @overpackedsuitcase, Jacob and my friend Ben who actually lives in Hong Kong.

With people lining up around the block as we arrived to this place, we knew we definitely had to check it out now. They actually went through everyone in the queue in no time and before we knew it they were serving us our little cafe booth and menus.

The top photo is a set menu. I had the second option ($46 HKD) which included:

  • Macoroni Pork soup
  • Scrambled Eggs and Ham on thick toast 
  • Ice Milk Tea 

Although it doesn’t look like much, this three course meal will surprise you. The scrambled eggs are soooo fluffy.. they just melt in your mouth! I never knew you could even make eggs as good as this. haha I will need to find this recipe.

For 5 people total of the bill was 220$ which included three of the set menu options, a steamed pudding and a cappuccino.

This place is known for their steamed pudding so definitely have one to try. You will need to buy this separately to the set menu. But, if you have some time walk around the corner to try Yew Shun Milk Company. Ben swore this steamed pudding tastes even better.

Directions to the Australian Dairy Company
Catch the train to Jordan station
Take exit C2 and turn left then cross the road
Walk another block and as you reach the intersection, turn right (cross the road) and follow the street till you reach the yellow sign.. or the long queue that snakes around the block

Next Stop: Sydney Railway Square Hostel

Location: Sydney Railway Square YHA, 8/10 Lee Street, Central, Sydney

Ever slept in a hostel in your own city? This place is just like an old fashioned station, with old train carriages that have been refurnished into rooms.

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We heard about this place, probably over a year ago. Known as the “Top 10 coolest Hostels in the World”, we knew we would check have to check it out considering it’s right on our door step. So for my birthday, my travel partner in crime, Chris surprised me with a night on the town.

This hostel is located 2 minutes away from Surry Hills, we decided to check out some hidden bars for happy hour before coming back to the hostel for their Free Wine & Cheese night.

This hostel has something new every night and I was super impressed they had a night where everyone went down to Frankies Pizza to check out the local music. Love Frankiessss!

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Features:

  • Wifi included
  • Linen included
  • Air conditioning
  • 24hr Reception
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • * check the chalk board at reception for what’s on each night *

Cost: $35-41 per person/ night ($54.50 over New Year)
Websitehttps://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/railway-square/ 
Location: 8/10 Lee Street, Central, Sydney

 

Location: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Diamond Bay Reserve

In the midst of Sydney city, this local gem is slowly attracting the attention from tourists and instagrammers everywhere.

This is Raiders of the lost Ark in Diamond Bay Reserve, Vaucluse.

I found this place about two years ago on instagram. It took me about 3 hours of researching to finally find the exact location.. so, I have provided the location and directions to getting there, below.

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As it’s on the east coast of Aus, I would definitely recommend to go before midday so there are no harsh shadows and lighting when taking photos. The sun rises from the horizon, so the best time to go would ultimately be golden hour/early morning.

Make sure to check out the local cafes on your way back, there are some really cute ones.

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Getting there: 

  • Location: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Diamond Bay Reserve
  • Park your car on the street along Craig Ave, if you get there early enough there should be heaps of spaces.
  • Walk down the stairs and along the boardwalk
  • You will reach a lookout. You actually want to walk past there then sneak through the gap on your left that will take you down underneath the lookout
  • Make sure to bring a friend so they can take your photo from the edge of the path opposite the lookout and stairs

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Location: Tooth & Co Brewery, Mittagong

After spending a weekend down in Wollongong, I had the chance to explore some amazing places that had been on my radar for quite a while, including the Abandoned Old Helensburgh Tunnel. 

The Abandoned Tooth & Co Brewery did not disappoint. It had so many rooms to discover and floors to climb up in order to reach the Attic.

Entering from the basement, you will need to climb up some old stairs to reach the first floor.

First Floor

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From the stairs, walk forward and and left till you see a hole in the floor. You will then need to climb up a wooden plank and push yourself up onto the next level.

Second Floor

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Walk straight and you’ll see ruins of where a staircase use to be, climb up and walk along a few wooden planks to reach the third floor.

Third Floor/ Outside

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Now, this is probably the toughest part but you need to jump up into that big window (seen in the image above). There will usually be a milk crate or an old chair to give you a boost, and this will take you to the Attic, finally.

Attic

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Getting There: 

Location: Tooth & Co Brewery, Mittagong

  • Park on the street / Catch the train to Mittagong Train Station and walk
  • Walk through the gate and down the trail to the entrance of the brewery
  • Make your way through the 1st floor to the broken staircase
  • Climb the stair case to the second floor full of rusty pillars
  • Walk forward to the left and climb up the wooden plank, through the hole in the floor
  • Walk forwards towards the broken staircase and climb up to the next storey
  • Walk outside and find the milk crate that will boost you up to the final floor
  • Walk along the wooden planks to the attic

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